October 17, 2007

Following four weeks of court hearings, a Maui Circuit Court judge has ruled that service cannot resume on the Maui-to-Oahu run of the Hawaii Superferry while the state of Hawaii conducts an environmental assessment study. The ferry, intended to operate between Maui, Oahu and Kauai, debuted on Aug. 25 but immediately became mired in legal challenges brought on by environmental groups. The latest ruling leaves all service suspended until further notice. Hawaii's Gov. Linda Lingle, a strong proponent of the ferry, is pushing for a special legislative session with state House and Senate leaders in an attempt to overrule the judicial branch.